Why the Golden State Warriors may struggle in their quest for a Finals berth
Even when Green was healthy, the Warriors had one huge problem, and it was turnovers. They still rank in the bottom three teams in the NBA in turnover rate. Only the Rockets and Cavaliers have a worst turnover rate.
The Warriors’ turnover issues play into their 10th-best rated offense. Teams like Utah (first) and Phoenix (fourth) have a higher offensive ceiling despite two-time MVP Stephen Curry being one of the best scorers in the league.
Curry’s struggles from deep also play into why many may question just how good the Warriors can be. Both Thompson and Curry are on pace for their first seasons not shooting over 40% from three-point range.
Many of these issues stem back to the Warriors’ turnovers. The Warriors have had 39 games of 15 or more turnovers. They’re 26-13 in those games, but three of losses came at the hand of the top two seeds in the West.
Golden State is good and have the potential to be the best team in the NBA, but cleaning up their turnovers will be important, especially in games which every possession will matter.
Considering how short of time they’ll have with their fully healthy roster together before the playoffs commence, limiting turnovers could be easier said than done.